Riverside Students Talk to Astronaut on International Space Station

Published On : 4/19/2012 3:09 PM
From : KVCR
Categories : Local, Science, World, State

A group of Riverside County school kids this morning got a chance to talk with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Students at the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy in Jurupa Valley competed for the chance to talk to Flight Engineer Tom Pettit aboard the space station, and this morning at ten, the winning students asked their questions in a live connection with the space station. The ten-minute chat was organized by ARISS -- which stands for “Amateur Radio on the International Space Station” -- a group of ham radio operators around the world who have clearance to communicate with the space station for educational purposes.

Clint Bradford is a local member of the group. “The classrooms ran a contest for what questions they wanted to ask, and fifteen questions were chosen. The students are middle to high school-aged. We have males, females, we have questions about health, questions about the environment, questions about diet in space. They came up with some really marvelous questions to ask the astronaut,” said Bradford.

Bradford says students at the Flabob Preparatory Academy focus their studies on aviation and science, so it was a huge thrill for them to talk with an astronaut. You can get more information at www.iss-flabob.com

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